Gyeongnam fans stampeded out of soccer match killing seven and injuring 70

129 dead after fans stampede to exit Indonesian soccer match

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This undated photo provided by the Indonesian police shows a supporter of political rival PAS after an Indonesian national football match on April 28, 2013. Police said on May 11, 2013 that hundreds of people were killed when fans rushed the exit of an Indonesian soccer match, killing at least seven and injuring 70. The game was between J.League team Gyeongnam and top flight side Persepolis. Police said the stampede began with a stampede at the stadium gate after the Persepolis fans were ordered out of the stadium after a foul. But an investigation by the police and FIFA found players and club officials guilty of starting the stampede. (AP Photo/Indonesian Police, Danita Delimonto) *** BESTPIX *** (Photo: AP)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police said on May 11 that hundreds of people were killed when fans rushed the exit of an Indonesian soccer match, killing at least seven and injuring 70.

The game was between J. League side Gyeongnam and top flight side Persepolis. Police said the stampede began with a stampede at the stadium gate after the Persepolis fans were ordered out of the stadium after a foul. But an investigation by the police and FIFA found players and club officials guilty of starting the stampede.

But many fans said they never saw any foul and that it was a planned attack on the Persepolis fans by Gyeongnam supporters.

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The stampede killed at least seven people, including five police officers and four protesters in a crowd of several thousands. About 40 people were hospitalized. The rest were treated at the scene.

The police chief, Chief Joop Wijnkoop, said that while the police were confident that the investigation will eventually point to the right perpetrators, he said that “we are sorry that the lives of innocent people were lost.”

The police chief said that the investigation was still not over and that two suspects have been detained. He said the “protesters” were not from the Gyeongnam police.

“We are not ruling out all possibilities,” he said. “We are still continuing the investigation.”

The police chief said that the stampede was the result of panic after the Persepolis fans

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